A distinct feature of the Master of Arts in Applied International Studies is the Civic Council, which is made up of corporate, nongovernmental, political and security sector figures from companies and organizations actively influencing global policy and decision-making.
Civic Council members bring their expertise and diverse perspectives to the MAAIS program through special lectures, field visits, simulations, and group projects. MAAIS students meet regularly with Civic Council members to engage in conversations around international affairs, learn more about the work of our partner companies and organizations, and explore future employment opportunities. These activities offer significant networking opportunities and help MAAIS students stay relevant and current. The MAAIS program is also supported by the Jackson School Advisory Board.
Director of Corporate Sustainability Services, Resonance
James Bernard is Director of Corporate Sustainability Services at Resonance, an award-winning consultancy focused on partnerships in international development, impact investment and frontier market expansion. An internationally recognized expert on multi-stakeholder partnerships, Bernard is responsible for building out a West Coast office for Resonance focused on establishing stronger links between technology for international development. Prior to joining Resonance, Bernard was Senior Director of Global Strategic Partnerships for the Education group at Microsoft, where he led a team that was responsible for building partnerships with publishers, education technology companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international organizations such as the UN and World Bank. Between 2006 and 2008 Bernard served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for World Learning, an international NGO focused on educational exchange and international development. Bernard also held a number of positions at Microsoft between 1999 and 2006, working on consumer technology products and digital access programs to bring technology to emerging markets. Bernard is a frequent speaker on issues related to public-private partnerships in education and international development. He serves on the board of directors of Pact, a global NGO working on health, livelihood and environmental projects in 35 countries.
Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton
Eric Billies has built an effective and growth-oriented career with his thoughtful leadership, relevant experience, and program management capabilities, including 20 years of combined Navy Active Duty/Reserve and over 16 years at Booz Allen. He currently leads Booz Allen’s business across the Pacific Northwest managing multiple government and non-government clients. Billies has significant experience and expertise in the areas of digital solutions, IT strategy, unmanned/autonomous systems, defense policy, and program management.
After joining Booz Allen, Billies served in several roles supporting numerous clients affiliated with the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego, CA. He currently manages an IT and cyber security services contract with the Navy’s largest two public shipyards providing critical 24×7 IT and cybersecurity support. Billies is also shaping strategy for the Navy’s unmanned undersea vehicle deployment/operations as well as driving immersive technologies (i.e., virtual reality/augmented reality) in support of mission operations and user training for several DoD clients.
Billies’ other positions range from serving as the Secretary of the Navy’s Political-Military advisor to serving as Booz Allen’s Program Manager for a 200-person cross-country contractor team supporting a suite of multi-billion dollar networking radio development projects for the Defense Department.
Independent Consultant, Global Health and Human Rights
Ms. Bishop is a human rights advocate and global health leader with professional experience in more than 20 countries around the world. She currently works as an independent global health and human rights consultant focusing on women’s health; health access for marginalized populations, especially LGBTQI populations; and the intersection of human rights and public health. Until August 2014, she worked for PATH, a Seattle-based, non-profit international health organization, where she was employed for more than 25 years in a variety of leadership and technical capacities. Prior to this position, Bishop oversaw a number of PATH’s country programs, providing technical, program development, management and strategic planning support in a variety of health areas, including breast and cervical cancer, tuberculosis and HIV, with a focus on key populations. From 2008 to 2017, she served on the board of directors for OutRight Action International, and was Co-chair from 2014 to 2017. She now consults with OutRight and continues to work with a number of human rights groups in various countries to advance equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. She has a Master of Public Health and a Master of Science in Social Work, both from Columbia University.
Relationship Manager, Earthworm Foundation
Ann Burkhart joined Earthworm Foundation (formerly known as The Forest Trust) in January 2019 as a Relationship Manager. Burkhart works with member companies to set policy around sourcing key agricultural commodities, gain traceability in their supply chain, support transformation projects at origin focused on deforestation and small holder or human rights issues, and verification of progress against these initiatives. She also has responsibility for new business development in the United States. Earthworm Foundation is based in Switzerland and has 20 years of experience in finding solutions to the major social and environmental problems that our world is facing today.
Burkhart formerly worked at Starbucks as a manager on the ethical sourcing team, where she focused on the company’s programs for dairy, produce and animal welfare, but also contributed to the manufactured goods, coffee and cocoa programs. Previously she helped build the company’s business ethics and compliance program and worked on the equal opportunity initiatives team. Burkhart has also worked as acting director of Weyerhaeuser’s ethics and compliance program and held management consulting positions with two Internet development firms. As a volunteer, she served on the board of directors for EarthCorps and Global Visionaries. Burkhart received her bachelor’s degree from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and her master’s degree from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Affiliate Faculty, Jackson School of International Studies
Jennifer Butte-Dahl is the founder of the Master of Arts in Applied International Studies program and an affiliate faculty member at the Jackson School of International Studies. She has lived and worked on five continents and engaged on critical global challenges from vantage points across the international affairs spectrum, through business, government, philanthropy, social enterprise and the nonprofit sector. She set up a nonprofit focused on entrepreneurship in post-apartheid South Africa, opened a sales support office for a large multinational in the United Arab Emirates and built alliances for a social enterprise committed to providing renewable energy to communities across the globe that lacked electricity. While working for the U.S. government, most recently as a senior adviser to the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and other high-level presidential envoys, Butte-Dahl was responsible for furthering the State Department’s legislative agenda on Capitol Hill, defining and advocating for U.S. government budget and policy priorities and managing complex diplomatic and development challenges facing the United States.
Senior Vice President for Public Affairs, Starbucks
Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a senior vice president for public affairs at the Starbucks Coffee Company and the executive producer of the company’s social-impact media initiatives. Prior to joining Starbucks, he was a senior correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post, where he worked for two decades. During his newspaper career, he reported from more than three dozen countries and was bureau chief in Baghdad, Cairo and Southeast Asia. He also served as the Post’s national editor and as an assistant managing editor. In 2014, he and Howard Schultz wrote the bestselling book For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism and Sacrifice. Chandrasekaran is the author of two other bestselling books: Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan and Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone, which was named one of the ten best books of 2007 by The New York Times and inspired the movie Green Zone.
Senior Advisor, UNCOMMON
As a Senior Advisor to Seattle-based strategy consulting firm UNCOMMON, Lisa combines her experience leading a pioneering global health organization with her journalism background to help improve organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Her specialty is coalition creation: guiding disparate stakeholders to align their expertise and skills toward more successful outcomes. She is a creative project manager, executive coach, and expert in strengthening board governance. Lisa founded the Washington Global Health Alliance in 2007, the world’s first regionally-focused global health alliance whose members include members include global health organizations, educational institutions and private and public entities. She served as Executive Director for 10 years. Prior to WGHA, she spent 25 years as a manager and producer in broadcast news. She is active on several boards and advisory committees.
Executive Director, Global Washington
Kristen Dailey is the Executive Director of Global Washington, a network of over 160 non-profit, for-profit, academic institutions, and philanthropists in Washington state innovating to improve lives around the world. Dailey has over 19 years of experience in international development including advocacy, issue campaigns, microcredit, and building partnerships among NGOs, businesses, and government. Prior to Global Washington, she was the COO and Senior VP at the Initiative for Global Development and has held positions at Global Partnerships, the United Nations Foundation, and organizations working with low-income refugee and immigrant families in South Seattle. Kristen has an MPA from the Evans School of Public Affairs at UW and is committed to finding effective, sustainable solutions to global poverty.
Senior Partner, Moonbeam
Nirav Desai is a Senior Partner at Moonbeam, a startup focused on rapid prototyping of solutions that address barriers to spatial and immersive computing technology adoption. Previously he served as chief technologist for the Seattle office of consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led the company’s software development practice and technology business in the Pacific Northwest. He has more than 15 years of consulting experience in strategic decision support and information technology strategy and has supported a diverse array of clients, including international nongovernment organizations, Fortune 500 companies and various governments. Desai has also led efforts across the firm’s Pacific Rim offices that focus on commercializing government-incubated technologies in the digital, analytics and cyber-security spaces. He has served in an executive capacity for the Subcontinental Institute and WordSoundAction, two nonprofit organizations with an international focus.
Founder, Radha Friedman Global Philanthropy
Radha Friedman is a gender equality champion who has spent 20 years working to address issues of access and equity. As a philanthropic advisor, she encourages greater investment in women and girls globally as the single most powerful strategy to reach the SDGs.
Radha’s work has helped a start-up microfinance organization grow to rank as the #1 MFI in the world, and helped organizations earn global awards for their work including the Hilton Humanitarian Prize and Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
Before founding her philanthropy advising firm, Radha served as a consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s gender equality team, where she helped the foundation use their voice to advance women’s economic empowerment. Before this, Radha led grantmakingat the World Justice Project, where she encouraged investments in underrepresented voices on issues of justice and the rule of law and oversaw a portfolio of nearly 100 grants in 60+ countries. Prior to this, Radha was a co-founder of Landesa’s Center for Women’s Land Rightswhere she helped raise the issue of women’s property rights and helped secure investments that tripled the size of the organization.
Radha’s work is grounded by an MA in International Development Studies/ MS in Public Service Administration, a BA in South Asian Studies, and a post-grad certificate in Cross-Sector Partnerships from the University of Cambridge.Radha also serves on the board of She Matters, supporting women refugees entering Europe, 360ImpactData, a platform to help close the gender data gap, and Rangzen, supporting human rights in Tibet. Radha was named a Next-Gen Fellow by the American Express Foundation, a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Emerging Leader, and a “Global Leader for Justice” by the Global Women’s Leadership Network.
Executive Director, World Relief Seattle
Chitra Hanstad serves as the Executive Director for World Relief Seattle, the largest refugee resettlement and services agency in Washington State. Chitra recently returned from India, where she spent the last year consulting for Justice Ventures International, working on anti-human trafficking campaigns, strategic planning and fund development. Prior to that, she was a Philanthropic Advisor for Seattle Foundation and also managed their scholarship program.
While her career started in corporate advertising, public relations and intercultural communications, she has spent most of the last twenty years working for local and international non-profits. Chitra has worked in Seattle, Chicago, Philadelphia, India, Romania, Mexico and the Netherlands. In Seattle, she has lived in, worked with and organized the community in the Rainier Valley of Seattle. She was Director of Community Care at Jubilee REACH; founded and was Executive Director of Emerald City Jobs; and has consulted with Urban Impact, Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition, Rainier Scholars and Landesa. She also worked for Karnataka Health Promotions Trust and Aperian Global in India.
Chitra holds a Master of Arts Degree in Marketing Communications from Wheaton College and a Master of Science degree in International Development from Eastern University. Chitra has served on many boards including Covenant World Relief & Urban Impact, and volunteers with The Stability Network
CEO, Chandler Foundation
Tim Hanstad leads the Chandler Foundation, a global philanthropic organization with over 20 years experience in granting, social entrepreneurship, and program management in diverse countries around the world, as CEO. He is an award-winning social entrepreneur and nonprofit executive who co-founded Landesa, the world’s leading land rights organization. He served as Landesa’s Executive Director and then CEO for more than two decades. Hanstad’s leadership was instrumental in growing Landesa from a two-person operation run out of the University of Washington School of Law to the world’s #1-rated human rights NGO with more than 150 staff around the world. In his previous role, Hanstad served as a global ambassador for the organization and helped guide conversations about how global efforts on extreme poverty, gender equality, food security, and environmental stewardship can benefit from incorporating a land rights lens.
Hanstad is a Skoll Social Entrepreneur Awardee, a World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneur, a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Food Security, Global Washington board of directors, and an affiliate law faculty member at the University of Washington. He has authored numerous books and publications and his work has appeared widely in the media, including in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and on CNN and Fox News. He earned a BA at Seattle Pacific University and an LLM and JD at the University of Washington. Tim is the proud spouse of Chitra and a father to four wonderful and inspiring children.
Professor Emeritus, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Don Hellmann is a Professor in the Jackson School of International Studies and the Department of Political Science, and Director of the Institute for International Policy (IIP). He has taken the lead in the creation of a region-wide consortium of universities and research centers devoted to cooperative research and practical initiatives regarding regional policy, technology, and development issues in the Pacific Rim. He teaches courses on Japanese government and politics, American foreign policy as well as the international relations of Northeast Asia.
Executive Director, Henry M. Jackson Foundation
Lara Iglitzin has been the executive director of the Foundation since 1995. Arriving at the Foundation in 1992 as a program officer, she developed the Foundation’s Russian human rights program in Russia. Lara did her undergraduate work at the University of Washington in Russian and East European studies, and received master’s degrees in Russian history and Russian studies from the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University, respectively. She specialized in U.S.-Soviet relations and early 20th century political history. Her master’s thesis was dedicated to the impact of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment on Soviet foreign policy. Prior to her work at the Foundation, Lara managed the Congressional Roundtable on U.S.-Soviet Relations in Washington, D.C. Active in the national grantmaking community, she helped to establish the group Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement and served as board president for three years. She was also integral to the creation of the International Human Rights Funders Group. Lara has published many articles in national and regional publications on Russian politics and human rights as well as issues in philanthropy. She is active in the northwest philanthropic community, serving as a long-time trainer for Philanthropy Northwest in its Best Practices in Grantmaking workshops.
Director of Strategy Integration, Boeing
Adam Kohorn is the director of strategy integration for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, where he leads a team that covers a wide range of strategic and business development activities. These efforts include analysis of global industry and competitive trends and the creation of market strategies to enhance Boeing’s position in both developing and mature markets worldwide. He has previously held leadership positions in engineering, production engineering, manufacturing operations and program management at Boeing, Honeywell and United Technologies, and has been heavily involved in the application of Lean methods to business design and operations. Kohorn received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a master’s in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Commanding General, Retired, I Corps, Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Lieutenant General Stephen R. Lanza retired from the U.S. Army as the Commanding General of I Corps, a globally responsive and regionally aligned force that supports the Pacific region, and Senior Mission Commander for Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Washington. During his most recent command, LTG Lanza spearheaded historic projects that ensured a Corps of more than 53,000 Soldiers remained globally responsive and regionally aligned. He focused the headquarters on supporting counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations in Iraq and Afghanistan while simultaneously serving as a Combined Joint Task Force ready to conduct expeditionary operations in the Pacific Command Area of Responsibility. Under his leadership, I Corps deployed the headquarters to Australia, Japan, and Korea and incorporated American forces in Hawaii, Alaska, and Japan to implement the Department of Defense’s initiative to rebalance forces to the Pacific while concurrently ensuring the Corps was ready to respond to Forces Command global requirements. His command assignments include the 7th Infantry Division at JBLM; 5th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; and the 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. His operational deployment experience includes Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia; Operation Joint Guard, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; and Operation New Dawn, Iraq. Lanza was commissioned into the field artillery in 1980 after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also holds master’s degrees from Central Michigan University and the National War College and has served as a National Security Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Director Strategic Initiatives, Microsoft – Office of the President
Simon Liepold works in Microsoft’s Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs department, defining and managing a number of select, cross-departmental initiatives and projects within the Office of the President. As part of this work, he drives programs around the world to help harness new technologies to enhance public discussion and policy formation of strategic importance.
In the course of his 9 year career at the company, he has worked in Microsoft’s US based Global Government Affairs Team and in the German subsidiary in various roles and segments, including public relations, corporate affairs and the company’s small and midsize business group.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Simon worked at public affairs firms in Berlin and Brussels. He is a graduate of the University of Constance (Germany), and holds a Master of Public Affairs and Politics from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA.
Director of Program Advocacy & Communications, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Josh Lozman is director of Program Advocacy and Communications at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he provides leadership for the foundation’s advocacy in the areas of women’s and children’s health and gender equity, and leads the foundation’s strategy for co-chair Melinda Gates’ advocacy and communication. Prior to joining the foundation in 2012, he served in the Obama administration as chief of staff to the National Economic Council. He spent more than four years at the global advocacy organization ONE, where his roles included global policy director and chief of staff. Lozman has also worked at various development policy organizations including the Global Health Council and the Center for Global Development. He sits on the board of the Washington Global Health Alliance and the steering committee of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program. Lozman holds a master’s degree in public health and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.
Chief Executive Officer, World Affairs Council
Jacqueline Miller joined the World Affairs Council as president and chief executive officer in 2014. Prior to joining WAC, she served as director of external relations at Independent Diplomat, an organization that works with marginalized democratic political actors to help them navigate the United Nations, European Union and other international diplomatic forums. Previously, Miller was a senior associate at the EastWest Institute in New York, where she ran the U.S. program, focusing on national security policy, U.S.-Russia and U.S.-China relations and nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation issues. She has also served as the deputy director of Washington, D.C., programs at the Council on Foreign Relations and as deputy director of the Russia and Eurasia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Her honors include being named a Truman Security Fellow as well as receiving a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship for Russia. Miller has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Cornell University.
President & CEO, Washington Global Health Alliance
Dena is president and CEO of the Washington Global Health Alliance, leading WGHA’s strategic and operating plans while cultivating and sustaining its diverse community of stakeholders.
As Washington, DC, Director for the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, Dena led CDC’s Congressional engagement and was part of senior leadership. Under her leadership, the agency secured emergency appropriations to fund the response to the Zika virus, defended its opioid prescribing guidelines, and worked with Congress and stakeholders through the Flint, Michigan, water contamination discovery and response.
Dena went to CDC from Capitol Hill, where she led the policy team as legislative director for U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, senior member of the Senate Leadership for nine years. Before joining the Senate, Dena was senior Vice President of FaegreBD, a DC-based consulting firm, and co-chair of the health and disability rights practice team. Dena earned a bachelors degree at Indiana University and a Masters in Public Policy at Georgetown University.
Chief Executive Officer, Pacific NorthWest Economic Region
Matt Morrison is chief executive officer of the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region, a public-private partnership established in 1991 to enhance the economy of the region while maintaining its natural environment. The organization’s 18 working groups include trade and economic development, border issues, agriculture, tourism, transportation, energy, environment, Arctic issues and sustainable development. Morrison has been a leader in promoting innovation in the Canada–U.S. border region and has been instrumental in several successful pilot programs of the Beyond the Border and Perimeter Security Action Plan. He also manages the Pacific Northwest Center for Regional Disaster Resilience and also spearheaded a project for the U.S. Coast Guard and Transport Canada that focused on protocols for rapidly responding to and recovering from disasters and emergencies on either side of the border. He has been instrumental in building economic resilience over the past decade by hosting a series of critical infrastructure interdependency exercises focusing on the regional economy.
Founder, Mercy Corps
Dan O’Neill is the founder of Mercy Corps, a global community of change makers – 4,000 strong – living and working with people facing the world’s toughest challenges. Mercy Corps empowers people to recover from crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. Mercy Corps is on the ground in more than 40 countries working together to connect people to the resources they need to survive and help their communities to thrive. Dan has worked in the international development field for more than 35 years and serves on the boards of several global development organizations. Dan has authored several books on subjects ranging from philosophy to religion.
Senior Director of Planning and Design, PATH
Bindiya Patel oversees strategic planning, proposal development, and analytics for the Global Health Programs division at PATH. Ms. Patel first joined PATH in 2004, and during her tenure has advocated for new HIV prevention options for women with the Global Campaign for Microbicides, managed US government funded projects on tuberculosis in Tanzania, served on PATH’s strategy team, and launched the PATH Center for Malaria Control and Elimination. Ms. Patel has also designed and led organization-wide change initiatives focused on building structured collaboration to strengthen PATH’s impact. Prior to PATH, she oversaw child health and nutrition programming in South African townships and managed grants to local organizations in the UK. Ms. Patel earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Cornell University and a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University. She serves on the board of directors for the Washington Global Health Alliance.
Hydrologist & International Lead, USGS Geospatial Science and Cyber Innovation Branch
Sachin Shah is a hydrologist and the international lead for the U.S. Geological Survey Geospatial Science and Cyber Innovation Branch that intersects science and technology using interdisciplinary expertise to deliver data to the public. Sachin provides hydrologic science leadership both in the U.S. and for global institutions such as the Mekong River Commission and the Thailand Department of Groundwater Resources. Previously Sachin was the Chief of Hydrologic Studies and Research for the USGS Gulf Coast Program overseeing water research in the Houston, Texas region. He also spent six years working as a consultant for both the World Bank Water Program and Shell Energy-Water Nexus Program, and was the William Crook Global Economic Development Fellow at the Council of Energy, Environment and Water in India. Sachin holds a M.A. in International Development from the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs and a M.S. in Hydrogeology from Georgia State University.
Executive Director, International Rescue Committee
Nicky Smith is the Executive Director of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Seattle. IRC in Seattle provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America. She has more than 25 years of progressively responsible professional experience with Non-Governmental Organizations in crisis affected countries; of which 12 years have been spent in a conflict and post conflict setting. Prior to her role as Executive Director at the IRC in Seattle, Nicky was responsible for establishing and managing new country programs for the IRC. Her areas of expertise include emergency preparedness and response, country-program management, refugee policy and advocacy, and strategy and change planning.
Nicky joined the IRC in 2003. From 2007 to 2010, she was a member of the IRC’s Washington, D.C. office, working to educate policy makers and the public about the importance of providing resources for humanitarian and development assistance in Africa and Asia, and promoting programs that prevent violence against women and girls. From 2003 to 2007, she worked in some of the organization’s most sensitive situations, including managing the IRC’s single largest country program, Sudan, and serving as the IRC Country Director in Liberia during a key moment in the peace process. Before joining the IRC, Nicky worked for almost 10 years with Doctors Without Borders and Children’s Aid Direct in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Pakistan and Nepal, amongst other countries.
Senior Adviser, Nyhus Communications
Bill Stafford is a senior adviser at Nyhus Communications and the founder and former president of the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle. He is a recognized leader in facilitating and strengthening international trade and business relations in the Pacific Northwest. He has held senior leadership roles in local government, business and nonprofit organizations and has significant experience in government policy formulation, management and lobbying. While working in the Seattle municipal government, he developed the city’s intergovernmental relations office, one of the country’s first systematic initiatives to combine metro, state, federal and international government relations under one roof. Stafford chaired a network of lobbyists and the Urban Consortium, a group focused on urban research. He also served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy, where he assessed the department’s local government relations and programs. At the Trade Development Alliance, he organized 17 international leadership missions and nine domestic trips. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being selected by the Hong Kong government for its VIP program; serving as economic adviser to the mayor of Chongqing, China; and receiving the Order of the Lion from the president of Finland. Stafford earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and an MBA from Columbia University.
Senior Port Counsel, Port of Seattle
Tom Tanaka is senior port counsel at the Port of Seattle. His experience covers a wide range of subject areas, including transportation, the environment, real estate, aquatic lands and government affairs. He has served as the chair for legal committees with the Washington Public Ports Association and the Northwest Marine Terminal Association and as cochair for the Law Review Committee of the American Association of Port Authorities. Tanaka also serves on the Bellevue Transportation Commission, on the board of directors for the nonprofit Hopelink and with the Western Washington Harvard Schools Committee. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard University and was one of the early recipients of a concurrent master’s degree from the Jackson School and JD from the UW School of Law.
Partner Business Development Manager - Strategic Alliances, Matillion
Michael Truong manages business development with strategic partnerships on behalf of Matillion, a UK-based software company. He works with partners to develop joint go-to-market strategy, pipeline development, and drives complex deals to closure. His portfolio includes the relationship with Amazon, Google, and Snowflake Computing. Michael began his career in the U.S. Army, where he deployed with a joint special operations task force, and was a liaison to NATO-allied special operations forces while in Iraq. Following 10 years of service in the Army, Michael worked at Tableau Software for five years and handled Tableau Software’s relationship with the national security community. Michael completed his bachelor’s degree at the Jackson School of International Studies and is currently completing a master’s degree at Columbia University. Most importantly: he is raising a golden retriever puppy named Sam.
Author and Former Government Official
Ted Van Dyk is an author and former government official with a long history of involvement in public policy and international affairs. His career includes work as an intelligence analyst at the Pentagon; as director of the Washington, D.C., public affairs office of the European Communities (now the European Union); and as a policymaker in the Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter administrations, where he coordinated U.S. foreign assistance programs. Van Dyk has also served as president of the Center for National Policy, as executive vice president of the Milken Institute, vice president of Columbia University and vice president of the Weyerhaeuser Company. He has also run his own independent consulting firm in Washington, D.C., counseling, among others, the governments of Japan, Pakistan, Greece, New Zealand and Tajikistan. After returning to Seattle in 2001 Van Dyk wrote a regular editorial column for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer until 2008, and has written regularly for Crosscut.com. He has also written frequent essays and columns over the years for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Fortune, Newsweek, The Atlantic and other national publications. His memoir, Heroes, Hacks and Fools, was published in 2007 by University of Washington Press. Van Dyk has served on the boards of the Roosevelt Institute, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Jean Monnet Council, and Washington News Council and is a member of the UW Department of Communication Hall of Fame and the Council on Foreign Relations national program committee. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a master’s from Columbia University.
Director of Global Social Impact, Starbucks
Alicia Vermaele serves as director of Global Social Impact at Starbucks Coffee Company. In her role, Alicia oversees several social impact campaigns designed to remove barriers to opportunities, including the company’s U.S. commitment to hiring 100,000 opportunity youth and its first global commitment to hiring 10,000 refugees. In addition, her team drives innovation and strategic partnerships for the Starbucks Foundation, works closely with markets outside of the U.S. on strategy and implementation of locally-relevant social impact initiatives, and leads community impact through community stores. Prior to relocating to Seattle, Alicia was a Deputy Director at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) where she planned and implemented CGI Latin America and CGI Middle East & Africa, convenings that engaged leaders from the private, public, and civil society sectors to make social impact commitments. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University and lives in Seattle with her husband Dan and their daughter Chloe.
Brady is CEO of Grist.org, the nation’s leading green environmental media source. Founded in 1999, Grist uses humor to interpret green issues and inspire environmental action. Brady served two terms in the Washington State Legislature, representing central Seattle, and was a candidate for U.S. Congress in 2016. Brady championed issues of housing, criminal justice, transit, and environment in State Government, recognized as Legislator of the Year by the Washington State Housing Alliance. Brady spent five years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focused on agriculture and food systems in developing countries, and was previously at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Brady is a Fulbright Scholar and a graduate of Princeton University where he served on the Board of Trustees. Locally, Brady is active on the boards of Intiman Theatre, the Trust for Public Land, and the Seattle Waterfront Commission.